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Brushing with Braces

Now that you’ve taken the first step in attaining proper teeth alignment, we want to make sure you know how to maintain healthy teeth while wearing dental braces.  Dental braces will nudge teeth gently into place, but it’s up to you to keep those teeth cavity free.

Good oral hygiene will help prevent gingivitis or gum disease, periodontitis or gum infections, and decalcification or stain marks around the braces.

Ideally, you should brush your teeth after consuming any food.  While we understand it’s not always possible to brush after each meal, we do recommend that you rinse your mouth out well with water.  Make sure to swish the water around several times before spitting, allowing any food particles to loosen.

At night and in the morning, be sure to properly brush and floss your teeth.  Many patients find it easier to use an electric toothbrush, but a compact, flexible, soft bristle toothbrush will work well.    Follow these steps at least twice a day to keep your teeth in good shape:

  1. Take out any removable orthodontics appliances and bands or elastics.
  2. Swish some water around the mouth to loosen any food and spit.
  3. Gently brush the dental brace wires and pins.
  4. Gently brush your teeth, aiming to spend at least 2 minutes. Be sure to divide your time to brush all areas of the teeth, top and bottom, and both sides.  Use gentle, circular strokes to brush the front and back of each tooth and the gum line.  And don’t forget to brush your tongue, the inside of your cheeks, and the roof of your mouth.
  5. Using wax floss, carefully floss teeth by moving up and down very gently. If you find flossing difficult, you may want to try using a floss threader.  Some patients prefer to clean with a WaterPik or Waterflosser because these tools gently rinse off and flush out food particles.   These tools are also great for rinsing your expanders.
  6. Rinse by swishing water around several times and spitting to dispose of any remaining food particles.
  7. Visually check to ensure no additional food particles are in the braces or between teeth.
  8. Replace your soft bristle toothbrush at least every 3 months.

Brushing your teeth during the first 2-3 days after getting dental braces may seem tedious.  But with a little practice, brushing with braces will become a simple part of your daily routine.  If you have any questions about brushing, simply call us so we can help you get your brushing on track.

Even with excellent oral hygiene, plaque does form on teeth.  Be sure to schedule regular dental checkups at least every 6 months to have residual plaque professionally removed.

If you think you or a family member may need dental braces, please contact a qualified dental health professional such as SmilingYangs Orthodontics to obtain a comprehensive evaluation.   Your orthodontist will discuss your diagnosis and find the best treatment options available for you.

SmilingYangs Orthodontics

Since 1998, USC and Harvard – trained Orthodontist Dr. James T. Yang, B.D.S., D.D.S., D.M.Sc. has provided state-of-the-art orthodontic care and service to the South Florida community.  SmilingYangs Orthodontics, opened in 1998, is dedicated to providing excellent orthodontic care, treating each patient with respect and professionalism.  Dr. Yang and his talented team at SmilingYangs Orthodontics take pride in their office atmosphere:  a friendly, comfortable environment with courteous, attentive, and punctual staff members.  Learn more about SmilingYangs Orthodontics and their excellent patient reviews at www.smilingyangs.com or call (954) 623-8446 to schedule an appointment today.


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